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shelanu January 2018 • Tevet-Shevat 5778 Volume XXXVIII • Issue 5

MEET THE PRESS CHUCK TODD

1.10.18 pg. 12-13

congregation

B’nai Israel come be inspired


Senior Staff Robert A. Silvers Senior Rabbi

Rony S. Keller

Senior Associate Rabbi

Allison B. Cohen Assistant Rabbi

Stephanie Shore Cantor

Steve Allen

Executive Director

Kim Beame Director of Religious Education

Linda B. Harris Director of Early Childhood Education

Sarah Freudenberger Cantorial Associate

Richard D. Agler, DD Rabbi Emeritus

Executive Committee Jeffrey Cannon

President president@cbiboca.org

Robin Siegal

Immediate Past President immediatepastpresident@cbiboca.org

David Hollander

VP Administration vpadministration@cbiboca.org

Robyn Rubinoff

Vicky Weiner

VP Education vpeducation@cbiboca.org

Susan Mayer

RABBI KELLER

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STEVE ALLEN 6 SARAH FREUDENBERGER 7 SISTERHOOD 8 BROTHERHOOD

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Dara Siegel

VP Financial & Asset Management vpfinance@cbiboca.org

VP Strategic & Long Range Planning vpstrategicplanning@cbiboca.org

VP Membership vpmembership@cbiboca.org

Board of Trustees

Peter Davidson Kevin Garbowit Ira Ginsberg Susi Glatt Rachel Greenberg Eric Handis Joshua Krut Sharon Landau Rachel Fallet-Lax Susan Mayer Howard Newmark

Adam Shapiro Bonnie Shimel Dara Siegel Stanley Silber Sharon Stein Jen Vogel Jeff Young Ronna Young Jeff Zadoff

Past Presidents Robin Siegal Gary Weiner Phil Nadel Sue Goldman Leslie Kantor Renée Nadel Peter Weintraub Melvin Kalfus z"l David Kantor Joseph Wasch Joel S. Nadel z"l

Committee on Trustees

Robin Siegal, Chair Rachel Fallet-Lax, Religious School

Rachel Greenberg, Trustee Jen Vogel, Preschool Chair

Ronna Young, WRJ/Sisterhood Barbara Orville, Member at Large

Eric Handis, Brotherhood Josh Krut, Trustee

Tevie Kozak, Member at Large

Honorary Members James Cohen Larry Feldman Douglas Feurring

Stuart Graff Alma Kalfus

Harold Schwalb z"l

Monte Friedkin

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Shelanu Graphic Designer: Erin Rosado Shelanu Editor: Deena Lurie


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s? on ti lu so re s r’ ea Y ew N r) W h a t a re y ou r (s ec u la I h a ve a su g g es ti on fo r y ou .. .

As Jews, we have the opportunity to set new goals and resolutions for a second time within the same year. Four months ago, we celebrated the High Holidays, where we introspected into our lives and vowed to make positive changes. Now, as we approach the secular new year, we have the chance to fulfill our promises from the Jewish new year, and even plan new ones for 2018.

by the name, these occur on the first Friday night of the month. This service is designed to particularly engage families: NCECE, SLJ, and even grown-ups who would enjoy a 6:00pm start time. You are not going to want to miss this service! If you don't just want to take my word for it...here are some important quotes about appreciating Shabbat:

Here at Congregation B’nai Israel, we’d like to invite you to fulfill any/ all of your New Year’s resolutions.

*More than Israel has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept Israel. - Ehad Ha’am

Among the promises to exercise and eat healthier food...we should also spend more time in the synagogue. It's good for our souls, our families, and our community. We invite you to navigate to our website - www.cbiboca.org and explore the many opportunities to study, learn, and spend time together. There are two services that deserve special attention:

*I remind everybody that the Sabbath was the Jewish gift to civilization. - Edgar Bronfman (Birthright supporter)

*Every Shabbat morning at 9:00am there is a wonderful service in the Hollander Chapel. The service is a little over an hour and is filled with meaningful prayer, beautiful music, and interactive study. Here is the even cooler part...in the middle of the Torah service, everyone engages in a deeper look into the week’s Torah portion. After the service and study everyone gets together for a delicious Oneg. *Once a month CBI has “First Fridays”, an hour-long service where everyone comes dressed more casually for a meaningful beginning to Shabbat. As is obvious

*The solution of mankind’s most vexing problem will not be found in renouncing technical civilization, but in attaining some degree of independence of it.” - Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath We look forward to seeing you at services and all around the synagogue! Lisa, Aviv, Leor, and I wish you a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2018. L’Shalom,

Rabbi Keller

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Shabbat Friday Evening Shabbat Services Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary January 5:

6:00 PM First Fridays Shabbat Service with Rabbi Josh Weinberg of ARZA

January 12:

7:30 PM MLK Shabbat Service

January 19:

7:30 PM Shabbat Service

January 26:

7:30 PM Shabbat Shira Service Big Band & Barchu Part II

Saturday Shabbat Services January 6: 9:00 AM Weekly Torah Learning Service Hollander Family Chapel 10:00 AM Shabbat Service/Bar Mitzvah Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary January 13: 9:00 AM Weekly Torah Learning Service Hollander Family Chapel

January 26 7:30 PM

January 20: 9:00 AM Weekly Torah Learning Service Hollander Family Chapel 10:00 AM Shabbat Service/B'nai Mitzvah Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary 5:15 PM

Mincha Service/Bat Mitzvah Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

January 27: 9:00 AM Weekly Torah Learning Service Hollander Family Chapel

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Have you won an award, helped others, achieved an academic distinction or perhaps you've won a sporting event? If so (or anything else you can think of), Shelanu wants to hear about it (space permitting, of course)! Our next edition is under way, so whatever age you are, from 9 to 99, please write it out, type it out or have Siri email us. Articles should be no more than 400 words long and if you have any pictures, well that would be the icing on the cake! pLEASE SUBMIT TO DEENA LURIE DEENA.LURIE@CBIBOCA.ORG

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president@cbiboca.org

toge ther , they swe ep al ong the ston es, A poc ryp ha: “ob serv e the wat ers; whe n they flifowthey rem ain div ided … ear th, and oth er thin gs; but the ear th swa ll ow s them up and they van ish. ” It is January and while we turn the calendar forward from 2017 to 2018, at Congregation B’nai Israel we are already deeply involved with executing our 20172018 annual plan. In early-December, I, along with your congregation clergy, executive director, lay leaders and fellow congregational members had the pleasure to attend the URJ Biennial in Boston. The overreaching theme was Youth Engagement with the recurring theme of Audacious Hospitality. It is both a rewarding and overwhelming feeling to be able to interact, pray and celebrate successes with 5,000+ fellow Jews, coupled with feeling the diversity and inclusiveness of Reform Judaism. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the URJ, compares Reform Judaism with most essential element in nature: water. Not just water but moving water. Moving water is also symbolic in Jewish life: we say a prayer as we wash our hands before eating; we wash ourselves in the mikvah; and we all know the story of Miriam and the well. So like moving water, Reform Judaism must keep moving, moving towards inclusivity, engagement and social action. Congregation B’nai Israel is not only taking the gauntlet but also elevating it. Our rich, diverse yet informative programs such as The Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival, CBI Book Club, and Women of the Wall & Struggle for Religious Pluralism in Israel shows Congregation B’nai Israel’s commitment to take the lead on social issues facing Jewish life today. Continuing in January and through February, we have been working hard to continue our commitment to inclusivity, member engagement and social action. Our Brotherhood’s Bagels & Bros makes Sunday mornings that much more cheerful, and our Women of Reform Judaism once again will participate in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in West Palm Beach on January 27. CBI Inspires featuring Chuck Todd on January 10 will offer us a glimpse on how his South Florida

Jewish upbringing influenced his career and how he relates to what is happening in American Jewish society today. As a congregation deep rooted in social action and social justice, please mark your calendars for February 11 as we come together for a reinvigorated Lori Sklar Mitzvah Day. Like the Mitzvah Days of years past, we will set aside the day to connect the souls of our members with the heart of our local community We will be enhancing our community standing with more activities for us to promote our Jewish identity and a forum for each of us to engage and interact with our fellow CBI family members. Furthermore, in our effort to leave the world better than it was given to us, Congregation B’nai Israel in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism will be a Brit Olam Congregation. This brit or covenant commits Congregation B’nai Israel “for a world of compassion, justice and wholeness”. Finally, on the theme of moving waters, I am proud to inform our congregation the passing of the resolution on Sea Level Rise, which Congregation B’nai Israel co-sponsored. This resolution, subsequently revised to include the broader climate change, and retitled Resolution on Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change (the resolution is on page 20 of this Shelanu), was unanimously approved by the assembly. With your help, involvement and love, Congregation B’nai Israel will be a guiding light towards inclusivity, engagement, social action for many, many years to come.

Jeff

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steve.allen@cbiboca.org

Life is full of opportunities and it is gratifying when you can take advantage of an opportunity and learn from it. I recently had the distinct pleasure of being able to attend the URJ’s Biennial in Boston, Massachusetts along with over 6000 of my closest friends. If you have never been to a Biennial, whether you are a lay leader, synagogue professional, involved congregant, vendor, or an interested member of a congregation - you must attend! The speakers were dynamic this year. Rabbi Rick Jacobs spoke, who is the spiritual head of the URJ, but also Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with the Reverend William Barber from North Carolina. But the inspiration doesn’t end there. When you attend Shabbat services, there is a volunteer choir of over 75, joining in song. There are hundreds of rabbi’s, cantors and musical superstars from the world of Jewish music. The energy – when combined under one roof – is life changing. There is also an educational piece that provides invaluable information. There are hundreds of seminars on about almost any topic or area of synagogue life you can imagine. Believe it or not, even someone who has been in the field for almost 20 years can learn and grow more professionally! Topics such as hurricane preparedness (yes, I went to that one!), technology: about what is the latest in the way of incorporating and simplifying your database) and engagement: how to get young families involved in your synagogue’s life and community, how to have and keep the families who last child just celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah, and how to keep the community

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of seniors and empty nesters involved and connected filled my few days there. I came back with a head full of great ideas that I’m eager to share. I would be happy to discuss these or other topics with anyone who would like to learn more about them, or about the Biennial in general. The next Biennial is enticing as it is in early December 2019 in the Windy City - Chicago. Coming from Boca Raton doesn’t that make you want to sign up now??? There is an early bird sign up available now and Biennial does sell out. We had our 3 Rabbi’s, Cantor, our President, Jeffrey Cannon and his wife, Andrea who is so involved in the Reform movement in so many areas, involved congregants L. Tadd Schwabb and his wife, Sandy, volunteer choir member, Barbara Orville, the Riegehaupts family, VP of Membership, Susan Mayer and her husband, Marty, and very involved congregant, Sandy Tankoos and her granddaughter, Samantha Tankoos who made a presentation to Anat Hoffman at the Arza program. We are proud of our Gold delegation status, but for 2019 we are striving for least Platinum! So, Google URJ Biennial to learn more. As always, I am available to meet with you about any idea, complaint, comment, issue, or compliments in my office anytime. Have a great 2018!

Steve


sarah.freudenberger@cbiboca.org

It has been so much fun working with the children of our Junior Choir and bringing them out to sing all over Boca and Delray! I especially KVELL as a mom of a 6-year-old who is finally old enough to sing in the choir after coming to rehearsals with me since she was a baby. On any given Friday night, you can find Aria at the service, either sitting like a “big girl” or singing with me on the Bima. I love seeing the children at services, and I often invite them up to sing with me! December was a busy month for the Junior Choir. We led a First Friday Family Shabbat Service and sang Chanukah songs at the City of Delray Beach Menorah Lighting, Chanukah Rocks, and threw a Chanukah Party at the Delray Beach Public Library. Next, we prepare for our annual Purim Shpiel, which will be “Estie,” based on the musical Annie. This year for the first time it will be performed on a weekday, Wednesday February 28th, which is the actual date of Purim. Also new this year - a cast of children and teens will join our senior staff and choirs. You won’t want to miss it! 2018 is full of great programming. Get ready to tap your toes to “Big Band and Barchu Part II” at Shabbat Shira on January 26th. The Palm Beach State Tuesday Night Jazz Band will return this year to accompany Cantor Shore and

myself on all your favorite American Songbook standards. Now that it is January, our 2 new Rabbis have settled into their roles. I have enjoyed hearing their different takes on the weekly Torah portion, as I am lucky enough to lead services with any or all three of our rabbis on any given Shabbat. I would like to take this opportunity to plug our beautiful Saturday morning Torah study minyan. I often say that this service, every Saturday at 9:00 am in the Chapel, is our “best kept secret” here at CBI. We have a dedicated group of attendees and we would love to see this group grow with new faces. There are many opportunities for honors at this service. We read Torah every week so we are always in need of ark openers, Torah carriers, and even Torah readers. How nice would it be to participate in honor of a special anniversary or in memory of a loved one! Lastly, I would like to encourage our members who don’t regularly attend services to come and try them out. We always have something exciting, interesting, educational, entertaining, or all of the above going on at our services so check out our calendar, bring a friend, and try a Shabbat service!

Sarah

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RONNA YOUNG sisterhood@cbiboca.org

The women of the CBI Sisterhood have had a busy year! In November, we hosted a personal trainer for a much-needed post-Thanksgiving workout session. In December, we held a Joint Chanukah Party & Toy Collection with the Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education (NCECE) and The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism (SLJ). We lit our Chanukiahs, enjoyed delicious treats and collected toys for Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. Our Judaica shop donated hundreds of bags of gelt and dreidels for Chanukah Rocks. We also provided refreshments for our teens to travel to the winter Kallah and assisted them with their expenses. It’s been a fulfilling close to 2017. Looking forward to events in 2018, there are numerous opportunities to become involved. On Saturday, January 27, 2018, come help us “celebrate life” and “pray with your feet” as we show our support and walk in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure in West

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Palm Beach. tients into breast cancer survivors. Be a part of the excitement! You can sign up to walk with our CBI Team or if you don’t want to walk, you can donate as a “Proud in the Crowd” member. For more information, contact Amy Seidman at 954-815-4664 or visit www.komensouthflorida.org and sign up under Team CBI. Mark your calendars for March 15, 2018 when we will be having our delicious Chocolate Passover Seder! Details and sign-up information will follow but the chocolate wine is something you won’t want to miss! We have so many more programs coming your way including Zumba with Rabbi Cohen. Check out our Facebook page to stay up date with the latest.

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ERIC HANDIS brotherhood@cbiboca.org

What a busy time of year! I hope everyone had a Happy Chanukah filled with friends, family and special memories. As we reflect on 2017, we realize that our Brotherhood had an amazing year of incredible events and we don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. We watched intense football games together. Showed off our handyman skills and built a sukkah – impressive! Bourbon and Bros was awesome. And the kick-off of our Bagel and Bros program has been a great addition to the Brotherhood programming. I’m proud to report that we just donated about 30 gifts to JAFCO to make Chanukah a little brighter for some amazing kids? I'd like to give a shout out to my awesome board for putting on these events and for your ongoing passion to make our group the best we can be. If you have any idea for events for this year, let us know. So, do you know what's in store for 2018? Our annual gathering at Barrel of Monks event will be on January 25th. Join us on a tour of the brewery and learn how Belgian beer is made and taste their beers. It’s an

enjoyable night of Brotherhood bonding you won’t want to miss. In February, we will be having our Brotherhood Shabbat service. Brotherhood members will be joining our clergy to lead the service and will have the opportunity to participate in the prayers. If you would like to be part of it, please let me know. We will be continuing our Bagels and Bros program on one Sunday morning each month. This is a great way to get a taste of the brotherhood and a delicious bagel. On April 29, we’ll watch the Miami Marlins take on the Colorado Rockies. Check out our Facebook page for all of our upcoming events. 2018 is a new year – so try something new! If you haven't spent time with the Brotherhood, PLEASE join us at one of our events. You will be my personal guest and I will introduce you to everyone. To those who’ve been coming to our events. I look forward to seeing your familiar faces again. I can always be reached at 561.221.4263 or at brotherhood@cbiboca. org....so don't be a stranger. Warmest wishes for a very happy and healthy new year.

Eric

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FIRST FRIDAY SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS

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FIRST FRIDAY SHABBAT WITH RABBI JOSH WEINBERG OF ARZA 6:00 PM Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

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KRAV MAGA FREE DEMO CLASS 7:15 PM Zimmerman Family North Social Hall

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CBI INSPIRES-SPEAKER SERIES A CONVERSATION WITH CHUCK TODD

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MLK INTERFAITH SERVICE WITH EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH

NAGLE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL “I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU”

10:45 AM Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

7:00 PM VIP Lounge

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HOW TO’S FOR JEWS WITH RABBI KELLER (2 part series)

6:00 PM Joel S. Nadel Board Room

OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 1 & MONDAY, JANUARY 15

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6:00 PM Pollock Family Courtyard

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NAGLE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL “WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY” 7:00 PM VIP Lounge

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MOMMY MINYAN WINE & UNWIND 7:15 PM Pinot’s Palette

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS WITH CANTOR SHORE 6:30 PM Hollander Family Chapel

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BROTHERHOOD SHABBAT 7:30 PM Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

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LEONARD BERKOWITZ THE PROBLEM OF EVIL 11:00 AM Joel S. Nadel Board Room

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USHMM: To Protect & Serve

Moral Dilemma in Law Enforcement 7:00 PM Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

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FIRST FRIDAY ZEN SHABBAT 6:00 PM Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

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NAGLE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL “TO TAKE A WIFE” 7:00 PM VIP Lounge

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7:00 PM Feldman Children’s LIbrary

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SECOND NIGHT PESACH SEDER 5:30 PM VIP BALLROOM

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OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 30

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Thank you to our generous Sponsors* White House Correspondent Anonymous

Moderator Suzanne & Nordahl Brue Darren Graff/J.P. Morgan Securities Renee Herskowitz Jeff & Shauna Hollander Leslie & David Kantor The Meltzer Group Sandy & L. Tadd Schwab Lois & Richard Werner

Commentator American HVAC Paradyme Barbara Pressman Professional Bank Matthew & Hilary Rosenthal

Press Pass Anonymous Lisa & Dean Borg Beverly Feurring Lori & Lewis Gold Phyllis & Dr. Laurence Malmuth The Mold Inspector Renee Nadel & Dr. Harry Dubow Robyn & David Rubinoff Jill & Stu Siegel Vicky & Gary Weiner *As of 12/18/17

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YOUTH GROUP CLUB 345 • TAG • BISY

BISY-TAG Big/Little Program This year BISY designed a new program to involve all of our 6th-8th graders, where they would be receiving a BISY “Big” for the entire year! “Littles” found their BISY “Bigs” in the sanctuary and played mixers together to begin new friendships! The purpose of this program was to allow our younger teens to have a mentor in BISY to encourage them to continue to come to youth group events and be active in our upper school.

NFTY-STR Hatikvah Kallah

The purpose of this very special Annual Kallah is for teens to get acquainted with fellow NFTYites and to learn all of NFTY’s traditions and lingo! This year we sent seven teens to the weekend in Jupiter! Our teens were able to meet with 200 other 6th-8th graders in the Florida region. Our teens loved staying at host families and meeting new friends – they had a blast!

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Learning About Mitzvot Our 2nd grade families participated in a new family education program during religious school. The students are studying Mitzvot this year. Each week, our wonderful teachers, Yenth’l Isaac and Pam Leibovitch, teach the 2nd graders about a new mitzvah. So far this year they have learned about Tzedakah (justice), Derech Eretz (treating people the correct way), Kavod (respect), LaShon HaRa (guarding your tongue from gossip), Tikun Olam (repairing the world), and so much more. During this special family education program, we focused on the mitzvah of tzedakah and helping others. We invited guests from JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options) to teach us about the organization and what they do. We connected the program to Chanukah and how our SLJ students and families could make a difference, especially during Chanukah, for the children of JAFCO. We decorated canvas bags and then our families took them home and filled them up with gifts – clothes, toys, shoes, electronics, gift cards, baby items, etc. We were overwhelmed and beyond proud by what came back the following week. Our students were also so proud of themselves when they saw how much the class collected. During the program, the students and families learned about tzedakah from Rabbi Cohen and how they can make a difference in the world year-round, not just during Chanukah. Then we all played a Kahoot (a customizable web-based game platform) to test our Mitzvot knowledge. We concluded the program by singing mitzvah songs with Miss Susan. It was an inspiring and motivating morning. To learn more about JAFCO, visit their website at www.jafco.org 16

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Michael Greenberg Son of: Adriana Greenberg & Steven M. Greenberg Grandchild of: Nancy & Mark Greenberg & Helena Leitao School Attending: Pine Crest School Hobbies and/or Interests: Member of the Boynton Knights F.C. travel soccer squad, third generation Miami Dolphins football fanatic, video gaming and dogs. Mitzvah Project: Keys Relief from Hurricane Irma.

January 6, 2018 ~ Shabbat Shemot

Maya Blatt Daughter of: Renee & Kenny Blatt Grandchild of: Ann & Steve Levitan, Deena Miller & Margie Kernan School Attending: Saint Andrew's School Hobbies and/or Interests: Volleyball, fashion, travel, spending time with friends & camp. Mitzvah Project: Donating part of her Bat Mitzvah money to support Puerto Rico & getting involved with World Central Kitchen.

January 20, 2018 ~ Shabbat Bo

Zachary Dockswell Son of: Randie & David Dockswell Grandchild of: Gail & Michael Herzlich, Carol & Jim Renner, and Barry Dockswell & Marsha Tessler School Attending: Eagles Landing Middle School Hobbies and/or Interests: Soccer, Football, Reading & Video Games.

January 20, 2018 ~ Shabbat Bo

Sophia Cuenot Daughter of: Sheri Glick-Cuenot & Kevin Cuenot

Grandchild of: Harvey z"l & Francine Glick, Anna & Greg Gibson and Tom & Nanci Cuenot School Attending: Eagles Landing Middle School Hobbies and/or Interests: All things art, piano, reading & writing. Mitzvah Project: Will be collecting new and gently used clothing for babies to adults for Mala's Fund-educating girls across the globe.

January 20, 2018 ~ Parashat Beshallach

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The Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival

Adult Book Club

CBI Members - Free • Community Guests - $10

AN AMERICAN FAMILY December 28. 2017 7:00 PM Feldman Children’s Library

January 17, 2018 • 7:00 PM I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU: THE LIFE & LEGACY OF SIMON WIESENTHAL Running Time: 105 min

Rita DiGiantomasso will be leading the discussion!

for more information please contact Marilyn Bliden at 561.254.1351 (texting welcome) or m@bliden.com

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February 7, 2018 • 7:00 PM WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY Running Time: 105 min

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS Cantor Stephanie Shore

Monday evenings, 6:30 PM February 5 & April 9

Hollander Family Chapel

March 7, 2018 • 7:00 PM TO TAKE A WIFE Running Time: 97 min

Monday afternoons, 12:00 PM March 12

Hollander Family Chapel

Spirituality

CBI Members-free Community Guests-$25 per class

Speaker Series

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CBI is pleased to host its 5th Annual Speaker Series for 2017/2018. We encourage you to join us at each incredible event!

Middle East Relations Panelwith Discussion Dennis Ross

& an All-Star Panel of Scholars

March, 18, 2018 • 2:00 PM • Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary 1:00 PM Welcome Reception with book sale & signing.

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David Dalin author of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court

April 3, 2018 • 7:00 PM • Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary Discussion followed by dessert reception & book signing.

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April 11, 2018 • 7:00 PM RUN BOY RUN Running Time: 112 min

March 6, 2018 • 7:00 PM • Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary REVITAL DANCE ENSEMBLE presents “JERUSALEM FOREVER!” CBI Members-$15 Community Guests-$25 Students/Military with ID-$10 CBI Students-free


Adult Learning WOMEN OF THE WALL & THE STRUGGLE FOR RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN ISRAEL with Rabbi Allison Cohen Saturday, January 13 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Joel S. Nadel Board Room CBI Members: Free; Community Guests: $25

“HOW TO’S FOR JEWS” with Rabbi Rony Keller Wednesdays January 24 & January 31 (2 PART SERIES) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Joel S. Nadel Board Room CBI Members: Free; Comunity Guests: $36

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ B’nai Torah Congregation Classes begin at CBI on February 1, 2018 THE PROBLEM OF EVIL: CAN THE EVIL IN THE WORLD BE RECONCILED WITH THE EXISTENCE OF AN ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-GOOD GOD? with Dr. Leonard Berkowitz Tuesday, February 13 11:00 AM • Joel S. Nadel Board Room Free Event

WOMEN’S TORAH COMMENTARY with Rabbi Allison Cohen Every other Tuesday, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Room 305 CBI Members: Free Community Guests: $18/class

CORE YEAR ONE - RHYTHMS & PURPOSES Marion Hirschmann & Shayndel Plotkin Wednesdays at 10:00 AM • Room 208

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MLK INTERFAITH SERVICE January 14, 2018 • 10:45 AM Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

SHABBAT SHIRA BIG BAND AND BARCHU-PART II January 26, 2018 • 7:30 PM Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

ESTIE PURIM SHPIEL February 28, 2018 • 6:00 PM VIP Ballroom

THE MUSICAL

10th ANNUAL STEPHEN DUBOV Z”L MEMORIAL CONCERT March 11, 2018 • 3:00 PM Temple Beth El

BROADWAY SHABBAT May 11, 2018 • 7:30 PM Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

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Resolution on Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth El, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Israel of Boston, Temple Kol-Ami Emmanuel, Congregation Kol Tikvah, Temple Shaarei Shalom, Temple Shir Tikvah of Winchester Temple Solel PROPOSED RESOLUTION ON ADDRESSING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE Submitted to the URJ Biennial DECEMBER 2017 Background The Union for Reform Judaism has consistently spoken about the importance of action to conserve and preserve our environment. degradation, our responsibility to take steps to protect communities from those impacts, and, when possible, reverse them. In our ies es in Today, as the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt, including by our congregations [2] and communities, it is time to take further action. In Genesis (9:15and every living creature among all flesh, so however, preclude the possibility that humanity, by our own shortsighted behaviors, may destroy the earth by flood or other means. Today, our careless disregard for the environmental impact of our actions has set us on a path that is damaging and could ultimately harm human health and desolate our planet. The devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and by the severe her states and provinces, illustrates the ways in which climate change, caused in significant part by human behavior, is destroying homes, communities, and human lives. What has changed since our prior statements? The urgency. Climate change has increased the rate of sea level rise: by 2035, it is [3] expected that 170 coastal communities will experience chronic flooding. In addition, the number of wildfires ravaging forests and [4] communities is increasing, a trend that experts predict will worsen as global temperatures continue to rise. Because of climate change, some parts of North America have experienced significantly increased precipitation, while others have experienced [5] [6] increased drought. Additionally, research suggests that hurricanes are increasing in intensity. All of these changes affect human life and the other organisms with which we share the earth. Economically vulnerable communities are especially hard-hit by these extreme weather patterns as fishing, farming, and tourism jobs are lost, as property is destroyed, and as extreme heat or cold threaten health. to [7] uphold the commitments of the agreement in their own municipalities. State and municipal jurisdictions, recognizing that they can implement practices that can dramatically curb the effects of climate change, have endeavored to partner with each other and international players to work toward their shared environmental goals. fundraisers, sent volunteers to disaster sites, and hosted displaced people. Now, in the face of increasing disasters caused by climate change, we must act to prevent further global warming, help communities prepare for environmental disasters, and provide relief to those affected. THEREFORE, THE UNION FOR REFORM JUDAISM RESOLVES TO: 1. 2.

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Encourage congregations to advocate from the local to federal levels of government to uphold or go beyond the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement; Encourage congregations to: a. Take steps to educate and prepare themselves and their neighbors for the impacts of sea level rise, wildfires, increased extreme weather events, drought, and other impacts of climate change; and Work with local organizations to provide relief to those affected by these events. Continue to advocate for legislative, regulatory, and judicial action to protect all communities from the damaging impacts of climate change; Continue to advocate for the Canadian and U.S. governments to uphold our international responsibilities to decrease the human impacts of climate change; and Encourage congregations to work with interfaith and other partners within their communities to advocate for and work to implement climate change solutions.

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09 Union of Concerned Scientists: When Rising Seas Hit Home Western Wildfires and Climate Change [5] Heavy flooding and global warming: Is there a connection? [6] Hurricanes and Climate Change [7] 384 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals [3] [4]

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We Give Thanks

The following contributions were received by the synagogue office from Nov 21 - Dec 5.

KFCJ Fund Robert Schwartz in Honor of The Sandwich Brigade Memorial Fund Carol & Rob Trow in Memory of Dr. Henry Trow Andrew & Lesley Tell & Family in Memory of William Weinstock & Leon & Martha Tell Annette Sauve in Memory of Miriam Kopita Barbara & Bob Reiter in Memory of Fruma Milstein Ed & Barbara Lichtenfeld in Memory of Julius Lichenfeld Ethel Kapner in Memory of Wynne Stern Gail Lieberman in Memory of Sam Sacks Harriet Goldberg in Memory of George Nadelberg Helen & Gene Ulanovsky in Memory of Barkan Gurevich, Klara Gurevich, Tzezar Ulanovsky & Ida Ulanovsky Helen Wurm in Memory of Aaron Leon Wurm Helene Schwedelson & Family in Memory of Sadie Stern Shulman Janet Kleinman in Memory of Michael Sider Jim & Lil Sharlet in Memory of Norma Joy Lieberman Jonathan Vafai in Memory of Norma Lieberman Joseph & Wilda Tashof in Memory of Ethel Pitnoff, Marsha Kane, & Lois Aisenberg Larry Nagle in Memory of Harry Nagle Larry Nagle in Memory of Ida Lampert Mark & Diane Grand in Memory of Norma Joy Lieberman Mel Young in Memory of Sadie Young Mel Young in Memory of Iris Marsha Young Merle Mash in Memory of Norma Lieberman Mr. & Mrs. Richard Werner in Memory of Mollie Silverstein Nancy Hirsch in Memory of Lester S. Smith Rita Gare in Memory of Florence Harris Ron & Marcia Leventhal in Memory of Ethel Pearl & Bernard Leventhal Rosalind Juster in Memory of Stanley Juster Suzanne Brue in Memory of Arnold Watts The Ebenstein Family in Memory of Norman Ebenstein Vivienne Cohen in Memory of Mildred Raphael & William Raphael Dr. & Mrs. Sy Bigayer in Memory of Regina Bigayer Ida Apotheker in Memory of Sari Muller Judith Golden in Memory of Mary Brodsky Judith Greenberg in Memory of Morris Arkus Leslie Berger in Memory of Judith Kline Linda & Harry Meran in Memory of Elsie Meran Plaskow, Eli Plaskow, & Debra Plotnick Martin C. Mayer in Memory of Leo Mayer Vicki & Ron Siegel in Memory of Rhea Delano & Sylvia Siegel

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